• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv degradingly In a degrading manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
    • degradingly In a degrading manner, or in a way to depreciate.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.”
  • Alice James
    Alice James
    “I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.”
  • William Blake
    “The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.”
  • Booker T. Washington
    “I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.”
  • Simone Weil
    “A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.”


In literature:

Intemperance he especially abominated, and frowned upon the degrading vice alike in prince or peasant.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
It is our wish, as it has been our aim, to rescue these ruins from degradation and decay.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Taste was outraged by a perpetual choice of degraded subjects and disgusting scenes.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
Your noblesse did not deserve punishment; but to degrade is to punish.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Not one man incurred loss or suffered degradation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It was the slavery of the blacks which afterwards degraded the term.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
Most of these emigrants, however, were poor; but where all were poor, this was no degradation.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
It was well that no human eye beheld her in this deep degradation of woe!
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
The degraded king writhed in helpless indignation, for he was a captive.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Shall human wisdom then, with beetle sight,
Because obstructed in its blund'ring flight,
Despise the deep conviction of our birth,
And limit life to this degraded earth?
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston
I saw his face!...Oh, what a man
His manhood should degrade,
And seek to rob (I checked a so
Except in honest trade!
A predatory face I saw
That showed no reverence for Law.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
Prince of the degradations, bought and sold,
These verses, written in your crumbling sty,
Proclaim the faith that I have held and hold
And publish that in which I mean to die.
"Ballade to Our Lady of Czestochowa" by Hilaire Belloc
His genius and his moral frame
Were thus impaired, and he became
The slave of low desires:
A Man who without self-control
Would seek what the degraded soul
Unworthily admires.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
My friend, within God’s House thou dwellest now;
Thy wounds are healed—thou need’st no Gilead-balm;
Defeated and degraded, yet thy brow
Is crowned,—with death and calm.
"David’s Lament For Jonathan" by Mary Hannay Foott
Some, the degraded slaves of lust,
Prostrate and trampled in the dust,
Shall rise no more;
Others, by guilt and crime, maintain
The scutcheon, that without a stain,
Their fathers bore.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Performance Degradation Warning Vista and Windows 7 users can also choose to monitor for Performance Degradation events that Windows writes to the event log.
Degradation can be cured.
Degradation not a worry.
Offers Insight Into Wood Degradation .
First-order Relationships Between Lunar Crater Morphology, Degree of Degradation , and Relative Age: The Crater Degradation Index.
Wah, "The Degradation in Memory Utilization Due to Dependencies," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol 30, no 10, pp 813-818, October, 1981.
Metal Oxide Varistor Degradation .
Behind multicultural push is effort to degrade American culture.
Eschewing potentially degraded DNA as a source, researchers look instead at the proteome of ancient species.
However, susceptibility to degradation from air and moisture has hindered use of such reagents , which only have been available in liquid form.
When recycling conventional PET, the metal in the polymer degrades the material, making it unlikely that it'll be used for the same purpose, or recycled a second time.
Money saving-power of rumen degradable starch.
While it currently consists of 20-year-old degraded plastic planks, the Beluga Slough Trail in Homer will soon be receiving a new, elevated metal-grating walkway that is designed to be safer and more environmentally friendly.
Spectroscopy avoids sensor degradation possible with direct contact analysis methods resulting from contaminants in the product stream.
From mold, to mice, to moisture, the JFK Library and Museum in Boston is trying to save its collection of Hemingway 's incoming letters from different damage that has been degrading the batch as it ages.

In science:

This limitation is intrinsic to the detection mechanism, since all the deposited energy is degraded and measured in the final form of heat.
Surface-sensitive macrobolometers for the identification of external charged particles
In other words, the approximation error does not degrade.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
The single-pass approaches described in this section can degrade the approximation error in the final decomposition significantly.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Resolution degradation terms (typically constant terms) increase with detector imperfections, such as material tolerances and construction imperfections.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
In order to characterize the performance of the system as image quality degrades, we asked the system to recognize r-band images that were classified as “excellent”, “good”, “acceptable”, or “bad” by the SDSS image-reduction pipeline. Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images